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Seattle Evening is a mild to medium well balanced English style blend with deep but gentle smoky nuances, a bit of spice and a touch of sweetness. This Seattle Pipe Club Blend was created by our own blending guru, Joe Lankford, for the Club's 2008 annual dinner and is now being blended for us by the folks at McClelland and available through our friends at It was so good that there was none left at the end of the night -- the members could not resist taking all of the remaining "samples" for their home stashes. It's another favorite of the Club's members who want a more mild smoke that is still a wonderfully rich, expressive and flavorful.

BrandSeattle Pipe Club
Blended ByMcClelland (blend created by Joe Lankford)
Blend TypeEnglish
ContentsLatakia, Oriental/Turkish, Virginia
Packaging2 oz tin
ProductionCurrently available
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None Detected, Medium
Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant to Tolerable

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Kapnismologist Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Kapnismologist (30)
Mild to Medium Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Described as an ‘English/Oriental Tobacco' comprised of a “beguiling blend of Latakia, Exotic Orientals, BTR, and Red Virginias” with an “exotic twist added by a McClelland Tobacco secret ingredient”, Seattle Evening is presents itself as a mixture of thin dark brown, black, and chestnut ribbons. By the way ‘BTR' apparently refers to “Blended Turkish Ribbon”, so no that is probably not the ‘secret ingredient'.

The tin nose is sweet and a bit smoky with a hint of pungent spice and a subtle vanilla-like aroma which does dissipate a bit once the tin has been allowed to air. Given the cut, the mixture packs well and takes to the flame with ease, immediately revealing the same subtle vanilla-like note present in the tin nose. This note dogs the bowl from beginning to end. While reminiscent of Deer tongue, this mysterious note is a bit darker and earthier than one would expect from the use of that particular herb in other blends (light aromatics, all), either in cut form or as an essence applied as a wet topping. While this reviewer cannot put his finger on it exactly, it ruins what might otherwise be a pleasant medium English. This aside, the mixture offers a reasonable balance of pungent, slightly spicy, Oriental notes, rounded sweet Virginias, and a subdued Latakia smokiness. On the thin side of medium bodied, the finish is a bit astringent.

Overall, Seattle Evening is best passed by for the myriad of other mixtures of the same type which do not possess so many problems.

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beaupipe Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
beaupipe (100)
Medium None Detected Mild to Medium Pleasant to Tolerable

Kudos to Seattle Pipe Club and to McLelland for the (hopefully infectious) spirit of sharing in evidence with this new line of tobacco.

Seattle Evening is the first of the batch I've dipped into and it's a thoroughly enjoyable example of a mild English which is lifted by the high quality of the sweet Virginias. It's a pretty subtle smoke and it probably won't win any immediate fans from those who need a WOW factor at first light. Like most Virginia-dominated blends, the pleasure grows as the ash thickens and the sweetness of the leaf develops. The blend has excellent balance, packs great and smokes cool.

Ultimately, however, I find that this has all the qualities of a good middle manager in an age of corporate belt-tightening--fine, nice to have on hand, unnecessary, deserving of a nice letter of reference.

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jallman Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
jallman (1)
Extremely Mild Extremely Mild Extremely Mild (Flat) Pleasant to Tolerable

I like Latakia and forthright English blends. I also have an immense amount of respect for the Seattle Pipe Club and will gladly shout out Hosannahs for their Plum Pudding. But, Seattle Evening? Nah. My sample was a "Meh." It was lighter than light - too thin on the Lat and top heavy on the Orientals - nowhere near the "perfect" English smoke suggested. It'll be fine for many smokers,but not for me.

Pipe Used: Luciano Dublin

Age When Smoked: 57

Purchased From: Sample

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BDAqua Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
BDAqua (1)
Medium Medium Medium Tolerable

I guess I'll have to give this on a try after reading the reviews. :)

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Deleted Account Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Deleted Account (586)
Medium None Detected Medium Tolerable

I've tried all 3 Seattle Pipe Club blends and this is my second favorite of the bunch. The cut is a short ribbon of mostly dark tobacco and smells quite nice in the tin. I find the flavor similar to two of my favorite blends, Smokers' Haven "Our Best Blend" and GL Pease's "Odyssey". The blend is VA forward with the Latakia next and then the Orientals, in my mind a classic medium English and one to stock up on. 8 of 10 stars.

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